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Italy’s Three Most Scenic Drives

The best way to experience Italy’s best kept secrets is often from the passenger-side window of a car. Indeed, winding rural roads with beautiful scenery crisscross Italy. Here are three of our favorite drives:

  • SS 48 (Grande Strada delle Dolomiti)
    This legendary mountain ascent takes you through the so-called “Heart of the Dolomites,” the famous Passo di Sella, and into the Val Gardena, passing some of Europe’s most unforgettable, craggy-peaked views.
  • SS 1 (Via Aurelia)
    This narrorw, winding road, which parallels much of the A1 autostrada, hugs the the jagged coastline of the Italian Riviera, passing palm-filled winter gardens, terraced vineyards, cliff-hanging villages, and shimmering seas.
  • SS 22 (Strada Chiantigiana)
    This back road between Florence and Siena meanders through classic Tuscan landscapes: rolling hills and vineyards in the heart of the Chianti wine region. Take the drive slowly, stopping at wineries and local enoteche.
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